His Name Is Alive

Radio LP

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His Name Is Alive's Radio LP is a fine mix of live radio appearances at home and across the world recorded between 1993 and 1998. Since the range is so large, it encompasses the many different musicians who have at one time or another found their way onto HNIA recordings. As with the usual HNIA fare, Warn Defever directs his band through numerous alterations to all the material and nothing sounds as it does on the original recording. It's great to hear the band's improv jamming that is almost always well-represented in the live forum. Here, Lovetta Pippen illustrates the beauty of her voice as Defever jams away on his Stratocaster, never struggling to recreate his songs in new and original forms. This is HNIA at their earthiest. There are a number of covers by the likes of Alex Chilton, Peter Green, and Detroit's Outrageous Cherry on this record, and it includes performances from BBC sessions, Detroit's WDET studios, and KCRW's renowned Morning Becomes Eclectic live series. Other added touches include Mexican radio ads (originally appearing on the band's live disc, Sound of Mexico) and snippets of Defever reading from one of his many children's stories.

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